Real touch a championship.  Photo: Reuters.
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Real – Villarreal: La Liga coronation day

Real Madrid will win La Liga if they win against Villarreal, or Barca do not win Osasuna, in round 37.

* Real – Villarreal: 2h Friday, July 17, Hanoi time.

Nine consecutive victories since La Liga returned, Real have touched one hand on the championship. Their persuasive form was recognized by midfielder Saul Niguez. “If Real win La Liga, then they deserve it, not because of VAR. La Liga title is always for the most stable team playing. Real has shown perfectly this season. After the break, they play too impressive, “said Niguez Europa Press July 15.

Real touch a championship. Image: Reuters.

Real are four points ahead of Barca, when the season is only two rounds away. Zinedine Zidane’s teachers can draw the remaining two games and still win, but the French strategist wants to be crowned on the field of Alfredo Di Stefano. “All I want now is to win against Villarreal,” Zidane said at a press conference on July 15.

Real are looking forward to the second La Liga title since 2012, only half of the Champions League titles during this period. But the Madrid Royal Club is at a disadvantage by losing to City in the first round of the 1/8 Champions League. They need the La Liga championship to motivate the European arena.

Real’s achievements at home this season are impressive. They won 14, drawn four of the 18 matches played at the Bernabeu and Alfredo Di Stefano – which was the side yard, but were selected to use temporarily after Covid-19. However, Villarreal also achieved the fourth best away record this season. Even, Real has just won one of the five closest confrontations with the “Yellow Submarine”.

Villarreal lost three matches in a row before the interruption. Since returning, they won five and drew one of the first six matches. In the last three rounds, Javier Calleja’s army lost two matches at home, before Barca and Real Sociedad. Villarreal still needs points to defend fifth place, next season’s Europa League. Getafe or Sociedad are only three points behind them.

Benzema can take advantage of Villarreal defense weaknesses to race goals against Messi.  Photo: Reuters.

Benzema can take advantage of Villarreal defense weaknesses to race goals against Messi. Image: Reuters.

The defense may be Villarreal’s grave, but they scored many goals behind only Real and Barca. Striker Gerard Moreno is on the move with 16 goals. In the defeat to Sociedad, he was absent due to suspension. The 28-year-old striker will return with the home team to Madrid. Supporting for him were the attacking midfielders Samuel Chukwueze, Santi Cazorla and Javi Ontiveros. Center-back Raul Albiol will have the opportunity to meet his old team.

Real also welcomed Eden Hazard back, supporting Karim Benzema. The French striker has scored 19 goals this season, three less than Lionel Messi. They will compete for the “Top Scorer” award. In which Benzema performed better with five goals in the last nine matches. Zidane can line up Marco Asensio on the right wing, when he was only a substitute in the previous match.

Luka Modric stood out in the match against Granada. Although he plays the full 90 minutes, the Croatian midfielder can still start the main game against Villarreal. The other two positions in midfield naturally belong to Toni Kroos and Casemiro. The Real defense remains unchanged from the previous match, when goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is heading for the 19th match to keep a clean sheet this season.

Hoang An


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